Control Arms Foundation of India
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January 29, 2017
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Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India & Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network.

India is a land of great diversity consisting of 29 States and 7 Union Territories. The term "Unity in Diversity" has often been used to promote country's immense socio-cultural diversity and to bind people and states together as one. India has diverse communities settled in vastly different regions. "Diversity" means more than just acknowledging and/or tolerating difference. There is a need to support and protect diversity in India by valuing individuals and groups free from prejudice. It is also extremely important to foster a climate where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic.

"Deepening Diversity Women Rights and Democracy in India" is a program we started with an aim to contribute to address the issues namely increasing violence against women and girls in conflict zones and the rise in case of growing intolerance and racial violence in India. We are working with committed stakeholders to address the issue of deepening diversity, racial discrimination and sexual violence in conflict zones of India through improved and strengthened civil society responses and initiatives, engaging local authorities and government structures & international efforts to address the issue. This will help in ensuring inclusive, sustainable growth in India.

Please find here January 2017 issue newsletter, providing news related to addressing rape & Gender Based Violence and ensuring diversity.
events of the months
events of the months

at Conference Hall, Control Arms Foundation of India, New Delhi
on on 30th January 2017
Nagaland Advocacy Meeting - Working Towards Ensuring Nagaland State Diversity Policy and A Gender Just Society
at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, Nagaland
- January 18, 2017
News of the month

CAFI's work reported in Media

Ensuring a Gender just society in Nagaland
Source: The Morung Express, 19 January 2017
An advocacy meeting titled 'Working towards ensuring Nagaland State Diversity policy and a Gender just society' was held on January 18 at Japfii Hotel, Kohima, jointly organized by the Control Arms Foundation of India, and Manipur Women Guns Survivor Network in collaboration with English Department, Nagaland University. Read More>>

69th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi
Source: e-Pao, 31 January 2017
Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network on the occasion of the 69th year of martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi organised a panel discussion and film screening at CAFI conference Hall in New Delhi on 30 January 2017. Read More>>

Group to aid victims - Delhi gets support centre
Source: The Telegraph, 16 January 2016
New Delhi has got a new support centre to assist women facing sexual violence and racial discrimination. Manipur-based rights activist Binalakshmi Nepram, who leads the Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, joined hands with Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), another NGO, and inaugurated the support centre yesterday. Read More>>

Binalakshmi Nepram Meets Former United Nations Secretary General's Grandson Dr Thant Myint-U in Yangon
Source: E-Pao, 10 January 2017
Manipur's noted author and humanitarian, Ms Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & CAFI met with Former United Nations Secretary General Grandson Dr Thant Myint-U in Yangon, Myanmar last week. Read More>>

Binalakshmi Nepram meets ethnic riot victims in Diphu
Source: The Sentinel, 23 January 2017
Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Manipur which is working for victims of ethnic clashes and women atrocities, arrived at Diphu on Sunday. Read More>>

News of Northeast


12-hr Karbi Anglong bandh on Jan 24
Source: The Sentinel, 23 January 2017
United Karbi Students' Association (UKSA), Karbi Anglong Rong Asar Amei (KARAA), Karbi Farmer Association (KFA) (Rajesh) ,Karbi Students and Youth Assembly (KSYA), Sixth Schedule Implementation Committee (SSIC), People For People (PFP), and Nillip Nihang Rong Asar Amei (NNKRA) have jointly called a 12-hour Karbi Anglong bandh on January 24 to demand immediate preparation of separate electoral roll by KAAC as per Para 20 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India, to prepare new Read More>>


UNC's agitation: 7 including 3 women injured in police action at Senapati
Source: Imphal Times, 4 January 2017
At least 7 protestors including 3 women were injured in police action at Senapati district head quarter in front of Mini Secretariat at around 11 am today. Read More>>

Cyber crime unit pulls up hate-monger
Source: The Sangai Express, 14 January 2017
A 28 year old man has been arrested by Imphal West cyber crime unit for uploading malicious messages on social networking site Facebook which created/promoted hatred among different communities and civil society organisations. Read More>>

Woman testifies in daughter's rape case
Source: The Sangai Express, 18 January 2016
A mother of an alleged rape victim today gave her submission before the Special Court of POCSO Imphal East against her husband who allegedly raped his daughter. Read More>>

State native beaten by employers
Source: The Sangai Express / TNN, 19 January 2016
A 29-year-old youth from Imphal, Manipur, recovering at a local hospital, has claimed he was brutally thrashed and humiliated by his employers in an alleged racist attack. Read More>>

Legal aide clinic established
Source: The Sangai Express, 21 January 2016
Manipur State Legal Service Authority (MSLSA) and Nirvana Foundation in a joint collaboration, organised a one day legal awareness programme and established Legal Aid Clinics at LMS Law College and the office of Nirvana Foundation today. Read More>>

Manipur economic blockade shows that the Naga peace talk is tottering
Source: The Sangai Express / Courtesy Firstpost, 23 January 2017
The two-and-a-half-month long economic blockade in Manipur imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) is seen as a sign of the Government of India's failure to strike an amicable conclusion to Naga peace talks, an initiative that was publicised with much fanfare. Read More>>

Womenfolk of Kwakta condemn
Source: The Sangai Express, 25 January 2017
Strongly condemning the alleged rape of two minor girls by two minor boys, a sit-in was staged by womenfolk at Kwakta Keithel today,, reports our correspondent. Read More>>

Relative rapes 13 years old minor
Source: The Sangai Express, 29 January 2017
A 13-year-old minor who is studying in class 7 at a private school in Churachandpur was allegedly raped by a distant relative on January 26 night inside a vehicle at Khuga Dam approach road. Read More>>

Found dead
Source: The Sangai Express, 29 January 2017
A 21 year old woman was found dead near her parental house at Kwakta Lamkhai in the morning today, our correspondent reports. Akina (21), d/o Md Mangi, Member of Kwakta Municipal Council Ward No 3, has been living with her fiance Md Wasir Khan (27), s/o Md Ithem of Kwakta Khuman Thongkhong for two years. Read More>>

The Widows of Manipur
Source: Roads and Kingdom
I had taken an auto-rickshaw to reach Gangarani Devi's address, which, despite her guidance over the phone, I had some difficulty locating. When I reached her house in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Imphal, I found the door locked. Read More>>


NEHUSU demands implementation of Sexual Harassment Act in varsity
Source: The Shillong Times, 4 January 2017
The NEHUSU has demanded immediate implementation of the Sexual Harassment Act, 2013, which mandates constitution of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to swiftly deal with such cases. Read More>>

Two gang-rape shocker on Jan 1
Source: The Shillong Times, 5 January 2017
Sordid stories of rape came to the fore on January 1, the beginning of the New Year in parts of the State. While gang rape of a 17-year-old girl was reported from Mawryngkneng in East Khasi Hills, a 13-year-old girl was raped by three persons in a similar way in South West Khasi Hills. Read More>>

Meghalaya Lawmaker Accused Of Raping Minor Girl Arrested In Guwahati
Source: NDTV, 7 January 2017
A lawmaker in Meghalaya, missing since his name emerged in the rape of a 14-year-old girl, was arrested in Guwahati on Saturday morning. Independent legislator Julius K. Dorhphang was arrested from Garchuk in Guwahati in a joint operation by Meghalaya and Assam police. Read More>>

Sordar's arrest forces 6 rapists to surrender
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 January 2017
The Sordar of Mawryngkneng, Peter J. Lawai, and the Rangbah Dong of Mawmang, Goldenstar Mukhim, were arrested on Friday morning for abetting the rapists of a 17-year-old girl, SP (City) Vivek Syiem told reporters. Read More>>

One more held, two re-arrested in trafficking case
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 January 2017
More arrests were made in connection with the sex racket case involving the 14-year-old girl from Ichamati, East Khasi Hills, after she lodged a complaint with Laban police station on December 16. Read More>>

Another minor raped in GH
Source: The Shillong Times, 7 January 2017
Another case of rape of a minor by a distant relative has been reported in West Garo Hills. A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law at Chokdenggre village of Tikrikilla on the night of Christmas. Read More>>

RPF pledges better security to women, children
Source: The Shillong Times, 8 January 2017
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) based in the Northeast will focus on providing better security to women, children and senior citizens, while concentrating on checking human trafficking and smuggling of contrabands through railways, the chief security commissioner of the RPF for Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Ratan Chand said here on Saturday. Read More>>

Rape: the unfathomable loss of dignity
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 January 2017
The festival of Christmas and New Year in these hills seem to have ironically unleashed a string of abuses on helpless young girls who are being raped or gang-raped, almost every day. Read More>>

Sexual exploitation of Ichamati girl: House owner surrenders
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 January 2017
A day after Mawhati MLA Julius Dorphang was produced before the court after his arrest, another accused in the rape of the 14-year-old Ichamati girl surrendered before the police on Sunday. Read More>>

Abducted minor found abandoned in Tura
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 January 2017
Garo Hills police have launched a manhunt for three men who abducted a mentally challenged minor girl from outside her home in Dalu on Friday evening and later dumped her near a petrol pump on the outskirts of Tura. Read More>>

4 held for Tura twin gang rapes
Source: The Shillong Times, 9 January 2017
The four men involved in the alleged rape of two minor girls on the night of December 24 have been arrested from different parts of Garo Hills.The four men, led by Chanang Marak, had taken three girls from William Point park in Tura for a drive on the eve of Christmas. Read More>>

Two more rape cases in SWKH, WJH
Source: The Shillong Times, 10 January 2017
Reports of rape cases in the city continue to pour in despite rallies and protests against the rise in crime against women. Two more cases have been reported, one in South West Khasi Hills and the other in West Jaintia Hills. Read More>>

Elderly man arrested in sex racket case
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 January 2017
Police said that one Kentely Tangsang (66) was arrested for raping the girl on two occasions in the house of Tarisha Mary Kharbamon at Demthring, a friend of Mamoni Parveen. Read More>>

Rally against trafficking today
Source: The Shillong Times, 11 January 2017
The rally against trafficking will be held on Wednesday.CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing said the rally will begin from Madan Iewrynghep (Fire Brigade) and take the St. Edmund's-Dhankheti route to proceed towards the Additional Secretariat. Read More>>

Cong mum on sex-trafficking, crimes against fair sex
Source: The Shillong Times, 15 January 2017
The ruling Congress is silent on the sex-trafficking case involving the 14-year-old girl and other recent incidents of rape against minors and women in different parts of the State. Read More>>

City lawyer held for molestation
Source: The Shillong Times, 17 January 2017
Aynul Hazarika, the city-based lawyer, who allegedly molested an intern, was arrested and later released on bail on Monday. Read More>>

Meghalaya: 11-year-old gangraped twice in two months by 7 minors
Source: The Indian Express, 22 January 2016
An 11-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped at least twice by seven minor boys in Mawten village in South West Khasi Hills district, police said on Sunday. Read More>>

Police make 13th arrest in sex racket case
Source: The Shillong Times, 24 January 2017
Police have arrested one more accused in connection with the rape and trafficking of a 14-year-old girl in the city. Read More>>

Minors sexually abused
Source: The Shillong Times, 24 January 2017
Two cases of rape have been reported from Jaintia Hills. One Lovely Chyrmang allegedly raped a 13 year old girl at Lama Village in East Jaintia Hills on January 6. Read More>>

Dacoits leave five of a family critically injured, 'molest women'
Source: The Shillong Times, 29 January 2017
A marauding gang of dacoits said to be from neighbouring Assam crossed over to nearby Garobadha village of West Garo Hills and looted ornaments and other valuables from three homes besides reportedly molesting women. Read More>>

Woman alleges harassment by top govt official
Source: The Shillong Times, 31 January 2017
A woman working as orderly peon attached with the Director of Soil and Water Conservation in the city alleged harassment by her boss at his quarter as she was assigned non-official work there. Read More>>

Ichamati girl was drugged before the first abuse
Source: The Shillong Times, 12 January 2017
The agony of the Ichamati girl, who was sexually exploited by several men, both old and young, with the help of her guardians who she called Mummy and Papa is never-ending till all the accused are punished. Read More>>

Of Rape, Rapists, and Rape Survivors
Source: The Shillong Times, 14 January 2017
Residents of Meghalaya, I am sure, are tired of hearing the word "rape." But fatigue and despair will not make this heinous act go away - unless strict, swift punishments are meted out by the judiciary and the community. Read More>>


Need Strategised approach to stop discrimination against NE
Source: The Mizoram Post, 24 January 2017
Besides one on one engagement between people, a more strategized approach is required to change the prevalent perceptions held by " mainstream " India about people from North East, noted Assamese human rights writer and academic Sanjay Hajarika said on Sunday. Hazarika, along with Assamese writer Dhurba Jyoti Borah and journalist Teresa Rehman was speaking at a session Read More>>


AFSPA extended for another six months in Nagaland
Source: The Shillong Times, 4 January 2017
The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been extended for another six months in Nagaland, an official said on Tuesday. "The Union Home Ministry in a notification on December 30, extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, in the entire area of Nagaland for another six months, a Nagaland home department official said. Read More>>

NTC against 33% women quota
Source: The Nagaland Post, 4 January 2017
Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has stated that the state government's decision to hold urban local bodies (ULBs) election amidst strong people's opposition was an 'imposition' that would never carry the people's mandate. Read More>>

Woman found dead in Bhandari
Source: The Nagaland Post, 9 January 2017
A 34-year old woman was reportdly found murdered inside the staff quarter of 7th NAP Bhandari on January 8. The victim was identified as one Nchumbeni Jami, employed as NCE at 7th NAP Bhandari. Read More>>

Protest against rape of minor in Phek
Source: The Nagaland Post, 19 January 2017
Thousands of women took part in a rally at Pfutsero town to protest against the alleged rape of a 13-year old physically challenged girl on January 14. Read More>>

State police rescue Naga girl
Source: The Sangai Express, 20 January 2016
A team of CID (SB) led by SP CID (SB) rescued a Nagamese girl from a Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight, who was lured by traffickers on the pretext of a job offer in Delhi. Read More>>

'Naga women's right to participate in the electoral process has been violated'
Source: The Morung Express, 24 January 2017
The Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation (JACWR) today lamented "it is now obvious" that the "real grudge" of those opposing the upcoming ULB polls "is the question of empowering their women through reserved seats in these municipals and town councils." Read More>>

Delhi-NCR & Others

Video shows Mizoram youth beaten with rod in Bengaluru, now NE tenants in area told to leave
Source: NeLive, 20 January 2017
A shocking video of the assault of a Mizoram youth by three residents in RS Palya in Banaswadi has emerged. The video shows the student, Jerry, being repeatedly beaten with a stick and abused by the three residents over a minor parking issue. Read More>>

Cops on alert after threat to 'outsiders'
Source: The Times of India, 22 January 2016
Police are gearing up for more than the annual terror threats the state faces in the run-up to Republic Day this time Read More>>

16-year-old girl tells tale of kidnap, gang rape, blackmail
Source: The Times of India, 31 January 2017
When 16-year-old Simran (name changed) met childhood acquaintance Surjeet Singh after several years, she had little inkling of the trauma that awaited her. Read More>>

Jailed Delhi couple ran prostitution ring from Tihar, girl they trapped rescued
Hindustan Times, 31 January 2017
The rescue of a 16-year-old girl from Delhi's red light district on Monday brought the Capital's wide-spread prostitution racket under spotlight. Read More>>

This Republic Day, It's Time for Women to Reclaim Their Rights
Source: The Quint
Today, we celebrate our being as an Indian. Our glorious country committed to give all of us - irrespective of caste, creed or religion - certain fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. Read More>>

Upcoming events
Participatory Community Meeting - Working Towards Mitigating Racial Discrimination & Gender Based Violence in Delhi - NCR

Date: February 8, 2017
Venue: Conference Hall, Control Arms Foundation of India, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
Participatory Community Meeting - Working Towards Mitigating Racial Discrimination & Gender Based Violence in Assam

Date: February 14, 2017
Venue: Yashika Apartment A 4th floor, Flat No. 4B, Mother teressa Road, Opp. Hatigaon Police Station, Guwahati, Assam
Community Meeting

Date: February 22, 2017
Venue: Munirka, Delhi
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